Living Leadership
National Teen Leadership Program

October 2019 Edition, E–Newsletter

Living Leadership is a bi-monthly newsletter by NTLP highlighting Alumni's

success, upcoming events that NTLP will be hosting,

and other leadership development opportunities of interest.
Maranda Ward, PhD
Dr. Maranda Ward is an alum of NTLP. In a 2019 interview with Maranda, she says, "NTLP was everything to me in high school. It provided me an opportunity to get to know myself." She adds, "Leadership comes in many forms. One can lead from the middle, and lead from the back, following. I saw how I worked well with others, and what the challenges were, knowing when to step forward and when to step back. I can look back and realize those seeds were planted."  

Maranda has since earned her Doctorate in Education from George Washington University, her Master's in Public Health from Tulane University, and her Bachelor's degrees in Sociology and Anthropology from Spelman College.  

In addition to teaching at George Washington University, School of Medicine and Health Sciences, Maranda also runs her own non-profit called "Promising Futures," which she founded in 2002. According to her website, the organization is a "community-based program prides itself on activating the positive youth development of its members and building their social and political capital (in the form of agency) to navigate adolescence as they transition into adulthood."  

She recently joined the Leadership Center for Excellence as a DMV (DC-Maryland-Virginia) Diversity and Inclusion Fellow for their 2019 five-month institute and has her own podcast #EquityMatters. Recently she was appointed to fill the Ward 8 seat on the DC Commission on Health Equity.

You can learn more about Maranda, as one of the "40 Under 40 Leaders in Health Awards" and at her website  
Saturday, November 2nd - Fall Friendsgiving

Don't miss out on an Alumni Reunion with our Fall Friendsgiving in Sacramento, CA on the evening of Saturday, November 2nd at 6 pm. Restaurant venue TBD.

Save the date and RSVP today!
Partnerships and Collaborations

Our collaborative event "Real Leadership Skills for Teens: Team Advocacy as Foundation for STEM - Solving the World's Problems Through Effective Emotional Intelligence" with the Organization of Chinese Americans, Sacramento Chapter, Intel and WIN (Women@Intel) was a success! We had about 65 teens in attendance and 35 volunteers from all three organizations, including NTLP. Special thanks to Intel for having a career panel speak on their pathways to STEM careers and also to A'ric Jackson and Generation Leadership for allowing us to use their program to help the teens discover their leadership style! Special thanks to Jinky Dolar, Board President of OCA Sacramento Chapter, Julie Ni and Anjali Menon of the Women@Intel Network! Also, huge thanks to Shaun Rehmani (Board Secretary) for Katherine Nowlin, Spencer Jankowski, Jennifer Louie-Abernathy (Board Chair) and Derlin Hsu (outgoing Advisory Board Member) for facilitating the event alongside our Intel and OCA colleagues! We are so grateful to have worked with such a fabulous group of people who care about the future of youth! 
Thank You to Our NTLP Board of Directors!

Many thanks to our Board of Directors for continuing to deliver NTLP's mission!  Here they are pictured at our 2019 Gala. From left to right: U-Wen Kok (Vice Chair), Jennifer Louie-Abernathy (Board Chair), Trenton Hyatt (Treasurer), Grant Magdanz (Board Director), Shaun Rehmani (Board Director), Edgar Wong-Chen (Board Director) with his son Mason. Not pictured, Nii Sai Sai (Board Director). Special thanks to Jen Louie-Abernathy, JR Fujita, Ashleigh Cook, Kate Nowlin, and Sydnie Lau for all their hard work to put the Gala together! With the help of all our community partners, friends, family, and alumni, we raised close to $22,000!!!
Thank you to Crane Energy for generously awarding us $3,000 through their Crane Fund and recognizing our organization at a lovely awards ceremony. A sincere thank you to Sofia Johnson, a parent of an NTLP participant, who graciously nominated us. With this money, NTLP can continue to provide programs for our youth. Our youth are the future and given the opportunity, they can do amazing things. NTLP is proud to continue providing leadership development to support our youth! And a shout out to alum Jalin Hsu who was generous enough to house and accompany Advisory Board Member Ashleigh Cook at this wonderful event and luncheon!
THANKS FOR READING! 😊NTLP Board of Directors
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